Kelly Garbe has an empathic, supportive listening approach and can offer a fresh perspective on your feelings, thinking and behaviour. She is passionate about building on the strengths within each individual to create deeper resiliency and healing. She can help you to understand what you are experiencing and how to shift towards change. Kelly uses research-based approaches and has a compassionate, non-judgmental and respectful style that clients say puts them at ease and allows them to process their experiences.
As a Registered Social Worker with 20 years’ experience, Kelly has completed her Master of Social Work at University of Waterloo, her Bachelor of Social Work at McMaster University and Bachelor of Sociology at University of Windsor.
She has honed her counselling skills in a variety of settings, including municipal, academic, and non-profit agencies. She enjoys life-long learning and has completed certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Hospice Palliative Care, Solution Focused Therapy and Trauma informed care.
Kelly works with individuals with a range of concerns including trauma, stress, life transitions, depression and anxiety. Having worked in a Regional Cancer Centre, Kelly enjoys supporting clients and loved ones overcome the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis. She also supports clients with pre- and post-natal concerns, palliative concerns, grief and bereavement and faith issues. Kelly matches her therapeutic strategies to her client’s needs and is adept in individual and group therapy. She is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers, the Ontario Association of Social Workers and the Association of Oncology Social Work.
“I take time to watch the sunset and to stay active. I understand the value of self-care and that learning what nourishes and restores each of us is a life-long journey. I have learned to run long distance in the last 5 years and have completed several Half Marathons. I am grateful for my family, friends, health and the lessons and reflections gathered by living through hard things. I enjoy deep conversations and I am optimistic and hopeful.”
Kelly provides psychological services under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist.